Staffordshire University cancels Islamic seminar

Staffordshire University's Ashley Building in Stoke-on-Trent.

Staffordshire University have cancelled an Islamic seminar which was organised by a group being investigated by the Charity Commission.

The seminar was due to take place at Staffordshire University’s Ashley Building on their Stoke-on-Trent campus.

The booking triggered complaints from students who called for the event to be cancelled.

The university has confirmed that the seminar will no longer be held on its campus.

Staffordshire University’s chief operating officer, Ian Blachford, said: “We can confirm that the organisation had bookings planned.

“While the university does not feel that it is appropriate to comment on the concerns raised, we have taken the decision to cancel these bookings.”

In an email to The Sentinel sent on “behalf of staff and students at Staffordshire University”, it stated: “The event and all future Suyuti Institute bookings should be cancelled.”

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The university’s students’ union has declined to comment on the issue.

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